Monday, February 24, 2020

"Crime and Punishment" (1935) -- Initial Thoughts


Roderick Raskolnikov (Peter Lorre) believes that some people are superior to ordinary people and shouldn't be held to the same moral standards as the rest of us.  And he's convinced he's one such person.  He murders someone, and thinks he should be able to get away with it because he's just such a superior being.  Only he's racked with guilt, punishing himself mentally for the crime for a long time, until he finally confesses it to the police. 

I didn't realize it before, but I see now that Hitchcock's 1948 film Rope is obviously a retelling of Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky.

There, I've saved you an hour and twenty-five minutes of your life that you don't have to spend watching this thoroughly depressing movie.  Go watch something enjoyable and uplifting instead.

(But if you want to be thoroughly depressed, you can watch this here on YouTube.)

4 comments:

  1. "thoroughly depressing" *shudders* No, thank ye.

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  2. Now what made you watch this movie? LOL! I didn't realize there was a movie version of it. I had to read the book in high school, and I really liked the book (though I honestly can't remember anything of it except one scene now, so I don't remember why I liked it). I can't recall if the book was depressing or not now!

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    1. DKoren, it was all Cowboy's idea. He read the book and then found this online and wanted to watch it. So we did. I'm just glad we didn't pay money for it!

      But then he wanted to watch The Brothers Karamazov (1958) that has Yul Brynner and William Shatner and Richard Basehart, and that... was also depressing, but not totally. And the more I think about it, the more I like it, so I'm going to have to watch it again and give that one a real review. Especially since it was Shatner's big-screen debut, and he's like 27 and adorable in it. And playing the only truly nice character.

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